Sunday, 16 June 2024
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


After the recent bout of unstable weather in Dubrovnik, with grey skies and showers, it's refreshing to remember the breathtaking sunsets that grace us throughout the summer months. A reader shared these stunning photos, capturing the full spectrum of colors as the sun sets over the Adriatic.

Looking ahead, the weather forecast is promising, with hopes that the sun will return next week, inviting us all back to the sea once more. Fingers crossed for clear skies and beautiful sunsets ahead!

Croatias Inflation Rate Eases to 3.3 in May 3

Visitors to Župa Dubrovačka may have noticed the vividly colored bicycles adorning the local promenade. These newly installed decorations, courtesy of the Župa Dubrovačka Tourist Board, add a splash of summer color to the scenic walkways. In pink, blue, yellow, and green, the bicycles offer the perfect backdrop for memorable vacation photos.

Choose your favorite color and capture a moment that will be a cherished part of your Croatian vacation. These decorative bicycles are ready to become a highlight in your gallery of memories from Župa Dubrovačka.

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The inflation rate in Croatia, measured by consumer prices, slipped to 3.3 percent in May, from 3.7 percent a month earlier, according to the first estimate by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS) released on Friday.

Prices of goods and services for personal consumption, measured by the consumer price index, increased in May by an average of 3.3 percent compared to the same month last year, while they were on average 0.1 percent higher compared to April.

After several months of gradual decline, inflation stagnated in March this year at 4.1 percent on an annual basis. However, since April, when it dropped to 3.7 percent, inflation has been on a downward trajectory again.

On a monthly basis, prices of services increased by 0.5 percent in May, while industrial non-food products and food, beverages, and tobacco rose by 0.2 percent. Energy prices, however, fell by 1.2 percent.

The very positive tourist season in the south of Croatia shows no signs of slowing down. Hotels, villas, and private accommodations are all reporting excellent bookings. Despite unusually unstable weather for this time of year, the historic Old City of Dubrovnik has seen a constant flow of guests.

In the middle of the week leading up to the weekend, Dubrovnik welcomed over 16,500 guests, marking an eight percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Data from the eVisitor system, which tracks tourist registrations and departures, reveal that the majority of visitors hail from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, Poland, Canada, and Finland. Dubrovnik is traditionally a magnet for guests from the UK and the US, and this year they are once again the most numerous.


Nicole Artukovich and Liam Stewart said their vows in the baroque church of St. Ignatius in the heart of the historic city of Dubrovnik, despite the cloudy and rainy weather. After a long-term relationship, the American bride, with family roots in Konavle, and the son of rock legend Rod Stewart have tied the knot, and among the many guests at the wedding was the famous singer Rod Stewart.

The ceremony began at 4:30 PM, and Rod Stewart arrived at the church half an hour earlier accompanied by his partner Penny Lancaster, dressed in a light purple suit coordinated with her dress.
"I'm so proud," said Rod Stewart as he entered the church, greeted by ovations from the crowd.

Liam, who is a hockey player, is the son of the famous rock singer and former supermodel Rachel Hunter.

Liam and Nicole got engaged last year, when they also had a son. The celebration continued at the Lovrijenac Fortress, and a large crowd of onlookers gathered in front of the church to witness this special event.

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Liam Stewart arrives at church - Photo Tonci Plazibat/Cropix

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So proud - Photo Tonci Plazibat/Cropix

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Crowds in the rain - Photo Tonci Plazibat/Cropix

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The happy couple leave the church - Photo Tonci Plazibat/Cropix

Rock star Rod Stewart has arrived in Dubrovnik. The day before the wedding of his son Liam Stewart and Nicole Artukovich, the popular Scottish singer attended a gathering of guests in the Palm Garden of the Excelsior Hotel overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

He recently had a concert in Ljubljana and will spend part of his vacation in Dubrovnik.

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The wedding is set to take place today in Dubrovnik, although the weather conditions might make it challenging as a great deal of the ceremony is planned to be held outside. The celebrations are planned in the Lovrijenac Fortress. Guests are expected to follow a formal dress code, but the couple has advised them about the approximately 250 steps they will need to climb, specifically warning the ladies to avoid high stiletto heels.

However, the weather forecast isn’t that promising with showers expected for most of the day, and as the Lovrijenac Fortress, which was also a star of the HBO Game of Thrones series, is mostly open there could be a last-minute change of venue.


The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, extended his congratulations to fellow citizens on Statehood Day. The full text of his message is as follows:

Dear residents of Dubrovnik,

Dear fellow citizens!

Today we celebrate the greatest Croatian holiday, a symbol of the independent and sovereign Republic of Croatia, built on the foundations of the sacrifice of Croatian defenders, freedom, and democracy. Thirty-four years ago, on May 30, 1990, a historic decision with far-reaching consequences was made. The first democratically elected multi-party Parliament was constituted, which, in the words of the first Croatian president, Franjo Tuđman, represented the first step towards the return of the Croatian people and their state to the European civilization, political, cultural, and economic tradition.

This paved the way for the transition of our country into a sovereign Croatian state, today a full member of the European Union and NATO. Everything we proudly celebrate today on this anniversary, we owe to our defenders who gave their lives so that the centuries-old dream of our own state could be realized. It is precisely they, our fellow citizens, family members, neighbors, and friends, who contributed to the achievement of the common goal by giving the most precious thing they had—their lives and their future. For this reason, we promise them that we will never forget their sacrifice and that we will always remember the Homeland War with pride and respect.

Dear fellow citizens, on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik and myself, I wish you a happy Statehood Day of the Republic of Croatia.


Mato Franković

The renowned Austrian newspaper "Österreich" has alerted its readers to brace for higher expenses for their summer getaways to Croatia this year. With an enticing portrayal of the Croatian Adriatic, as reported by Večernji list, the newspaper paints a picture of turquoise blue seas, dreamlike landscapes, and a captivating culture, promising an unforgettable vacation experience. Undoubtedly, Croatia has emerged as one of the favorite summer destinations for Austrians due to its rich diversity of offerings.

However, the newspaper cautions that vacationing in Croatia this year will come at a higher price, with costs estimated to be ten percent more expensive than the previous year. This increase is primarily attributed to the transition from the Croatian kuna to the euro, which has significantly impacted prices across the country. Despite the rise in expenses, tourists seem undeterred, with approximately 21 million visitors flocking to the Adriatic paradise in 2023, including half a million Austrian tourists.

For those planning a Croatian getaway, "Österreich" provides insights into the estimated expenses. On average, a week-long vacation in Croatia could cost around 945 euros per person, excluding airfare. This budget includes accommodation in a three-star hotel, dining at local restaurants, rental of a small vehicle, and participation in various activities. However, for budget-conscious travelers, opting for accommodations with one or two stars and indulging in fast-food options can significantly reduce expenses to approximately 42 euros per day.

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For those seeking a more luxurious experience, "Österreich" offers an approximate calculation of costs for an extravagant vacation on the Croatian Adriatic coast. This includes accommodations in four-star hotels, gourmet dining, car rentals, and exclusive activities, with prices starting at around 285 euros per person per day.

While Croatia's peak summer months tend to be the most expensive, travelers can also enjoy a more affordable experience during the pre and post-season periods. However, it's worth noting that destinations like Split and Dubrovnik are among the priciest along the Adriatic coast.

Despite the increase in costs, Croatia remains a highly sought-after tourist destination, with strong reservations and a promising start to the spring season. For Austria, which boasts an exceptionally loyal tourist base in Croatia, the Adriatic paradise continues to be a top choice for summer vacations.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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